For very different reasons, New England Revolution and DC United are off to a terrible start to their campaigns in 2022. Before they meet at Audi Stadium tonight at 730pm, both teams desperately need not just three points, but a chance of fortune and/or spectacle. .
But DC will have to beat the New England team for the first time in ten attempts and they will have to do so without leading scorer Ola Kamara serving a red card suspension.
▪️ #NERevs Won six in a row against DC, 6-0-3 in the last nine (since 2019)
▪️ DC lost three times in a row at the Audi Arena
▪️ Henry Kessler is available after he went missing last weekend due to illness
▪️ Ola Kamara (19 goals last year) is suspended for the club
– Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) April 23, 2022
DC were a dominant side at home last year with a 11-5-1 record but their record is only 1-3-0 so far in 2022 and only six points to show off their horrific start. Whether caretaker coach Chad Ashton can calm things down in the DC locker room, as our friends at Black and Red United have made clear over Losada’s departure here, seems clear that the relationship between Losada and the capital has soured and the year is starting to get worse. Change required.
New England’s injury issues are well documented – Matt Turner hasn’t played a game yet and is set to leave for Arsenal this summer with the signing of Serbian Djorji Petrovic before the end of the initial transfer window. Brazilian midfielder Dylan Borreiro also joins the club ahead of the summer window as a signing for the Under-22s initiative with Gustavo Lopez fully credited for being the first in this news.
Dylan Borrero posted his farewell to Mineiro on Instagram. Soon he will join #NERevs.
Thanks to everyone who believed in my report from the start. Also, many thanks to the other reporters who helped me with information.
– Gustavo Lopes (@TheGusLopes) April 20 2022
As for DC United, they are currently sitting in the Lower East and they have taken a huge step back from a team that already competed for the playoff spot last year but ended up being the first team to come out of the East. With coach Hernan Losada relieved of his duties, DC wasn’t content to just stand there and wait for results to improve. Since the Audi Stadium opened in 2018, DC have yet to win a playoff/playoff series and need the combination of their Greek striker Taxiarchis Fontas and Peruvian winger Edison Flores to find chemistry very quickly with veteran striker Ola Camara if DC has any hope of climbing big out of the bunker. .
New England finds itself in a different predicament, with a group of NFL veterans bolstering the team in a disappointingly shortened NFL season, and those veterans who thought they were backups were forced to start innings. Earl Edwards and Brad Knighton have shown good performances in the net at times, but Petrovic could be the obvious heir to a starting job once Turner leaves. Sebastian Letget has also done well so far, but it’s becoming clear that the Revs missed a lot in the pace and defensive coverage of Tajon Buchanan in midfield. Omar Gonzalez’s best role may be off the bench to help the Revs finish matches with an extra center back on the field, instead he has been pressured to act as a start and the Revs struggled hard to close matches in 2022.
So both Revs and DC find themselves below the playoff streak early in the year but are showing an honest sense of urgency on the field in part for reasons beyond that. Neither DC United, with their beautiful new Sun & Sand Sports, want to finally beat the playoffs, nor the newly renamed New England side from a shield-winning campaign are content to sit on their laurels and wait for things to improve and instead be more proactive than usual.
So will DC United get the interim coach’s bump today at home in a borderline that should win the bottom of the sixth table in April? Does this game exist? I don’t know, I’m shouting at Ben and Renny for being aware of this though:
In the long run, winning today will not transform any team immediately. New England still has the bulk of its schedule playing against top teams in the East and dropping points to Miami, the home state of the NHL-Team-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, and DC United doesn’t bode well. The 2022 campaign is successful. Today’s win could jump DC up the standings as it is only three points behind the eighth-placed Crown Prince.
As the Revolution gets healthier, they should be able to recover from their slow start, but it will be the process of incorporating their new pieces into the lineup. Last year Bruce Arena pressed every button right when it came to team rotations, and New Englanders desperately needed that touch of magic again as their late-game problems are well documented so far this year.